Julianne Hough Reveals She Was Abused As A Child

Actress Julianne Hough revealed to Cosmopolitan magazine that she was abusedmentally, physically,” and beyond when she was a child.

Following her parent’s divorce fourteen years ago, Julianne moved from her South Jordan, Utah home to London with her brother, Derek, where she studied dance at London’s Italia Conti Academy of the Arts.

“I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer,” Julianne said. “I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love.”

Julianne goes on to say that the abuse got even worse as she began to “hit puberty,” and stopped “being a little girl.”  She was also manipulated into staying in London being told that coming back to USA would mean the end of her dreams; “I was told if I ever went back to the United States, three things were going to happen. One: I was going to amount to nothing. Two: I was going to work at Whataburger. And three: I was going to end up a slut. So, it was like, I can’t go back. I have to be this person.”

The 24-year-old wouldn’t go into further details about the abuse explaining that she wants to leave the bad memories in the past; “I’m a very forgiving person, and I don’t want to hurt anybody,” she said. “What’s past is past.”

Julianne’s dreams have come true in spite of her fear; she got a major role in the Nicholas Spark novel turned film Safe Haven.  The story centers on a woman who escapes an abusive relationship and finds love with a widower.  A role Julianne can relate to having lived through such a traumatic childhood and finding love later in life with Ryan Seacrest, whom she’s been involved with for over two years.


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